Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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  |  Greg
  |  Ivy
  |  Jared
  |  Joey
  |  Lawrence
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
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The Third Hotel
A Novel
Laura van den Berg
Laura Van Den Berg's haunting exploration of the dislocating loneliness of grief is focused and intensified by the twin lenses of horror and feminist philosophy. The result manages the delicate feat of being both unsettling and deeply moving. -- Recommended by Christopher, City Lights Booksellers
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In the Distance
Hernan Diaz
The Western as American myth has rarely been done so well, or been so well subverted. Hernan Diaz's story of Hakan, a young Swedish immigrant forced to fend for himself in the Gold Rush-era American West, is a coming-of-age tale, a picaresque, and a survival story filled with evocative beauty. - Christopher P.
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The Unknown Poe
An Anthology of Fugitive Writings
Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Foye
An indispensable anthology of brilliant hard-to-find writings by Poe on poetry, the imagination, humor, and the sublime which adds a new dimension to his stature as a speculative thinker and philosopher. Essays (in translation) by Charles Baudelaire...
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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang
A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!––Recommended by Caitlyn
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Old Gods, New Enigmas
Marx's Lost Theory
Mike Davis
Is revolution possible in the age of the Anthropocene? Marx has returned, but which Marx? Recent biographies have proclaimed him to be an emphatically nineteenth-century figure, but in this book, Mike Davis's first directly about Marx and Marxism, a thinker comes to light who speaks to the present as much as the past. --Recommended by Paul
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Goodbye, Vitamin
A Novel
Rachel Khong
Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice. (Recommended by Vanessa)
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As Black As Resistance
William C. Anderson, Zoé Samudzi
Here are the tools––they cut through the bullshit of systematic anti-blackness, white supremacist capitalism, & consumption based politics, & make way for systems that change resistance.––Recommended by Jared
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Trickster Feminism
Anne Waldman
"There's a new Anne Waldman book and that's all I have to say. You better read it."––Recommended by Chris C., City Lights Publishers
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Bruce Lee
A Life
Matthew Polly
The most authoritative biography—featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs—of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans. (Recommended by Don)
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The Best We Could Do
An Illustrated Memoir
Thi Bui
An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui. (Recommended by Don)
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The Incendiaries
A Novel
R.O. Kwon
A feast for the senses: feast on the sentences.––Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Booksellers
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The New Dark Age
Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle
Bridle's demonstrations of how the physical footprint of virtual space developed along the physical lines of traditionally imperialist, elitist power and continue to reinforce ever-deepening chasms of inequality are fascinating and alarming."––Recommended by Christopher P., City Lights Booksellers
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Vanishing Twins
A Marriage
Leah Dieterich
On the fluidity of desire and non-monogamy. Feel yourself growing conjoined to this text, then separating, reflecting, and attaching again. --Recommended by Ivy
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The Blurry Years
A Novel
Eleanor Kriseman
"I couldn't put this book down to the point where it made me sick! What a terrible blur! Who else likes the stomach churns and the knots?"––Recommended by Jared

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